The protests against liquor shops in residential areas of Rajasthan capital have intensified, with the residents staging sit-ins outside the shops and demanding the alcohol stores shall be closed down.
Women protest outside a wine shop in Jaipur. (HT Photo)
The protests are happening at more than a dozen locations across the city, but the government is yet to take concrete measures to contain the situation.
Majority of the protests are led by women who claim the location of shops is disturbing peace in their areas and leaving a wrong impression on children.
The residents of Jyoti Nagar, Gaurav Path, Lalkothi Scheme, Income Tax colony and a colony in Jhotwara continued their protest on Monday also.
In Jyoti Nagar, the residents are protesting shifting of a liquor shop from Imliwala Phatak to Jyoti Nagar locality. Secretary of Rajasthan Housing Board Lalkothi Scheme residents association Narendra Katara said a temple and a children’s park were close to spot where the liquor shop has been opened.
Katara said the women of the locality were reluctant to venture out, because the drunk pass lewd remarks at them.
“People buy liquor from the shop and consume it in the nearby park. In such a situation, the residents who want to sit or exercise in the park don’t venture out,” he said.
Earlier, following the protests by the residents of Imliwala Phatak against the opening of liquor shops, the excise department had shifted the shops to Jyoti Nagar side. But the shops had to face protests there also.
The residents of Jai Singh Khor, Jorawar Singh Gate, Nahari ka Naka, Sanjay Bazar, Nehru Bazar, Indira Bazar, Jayanti Bazar, MI Road, MD Road, Khirni Phatak, Kartarpura Phatak, and Pratapnagar are also protesting and demanding removal of liquor shops from their present locations.
Excise commissioner Om Prakash Yadav has directed the officials concerned to take appropriate action but the department is finding it tough to shift so many shops.